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Check it out @ the Library November 7th

Blue Moon by Lee Child. Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh. Why We Quilt: Contemporary Makers Speak Out by Thomas Knauer.

Check it out @ The Library

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Blue Moon by Lee Child.  On a Greyhound bus to nowhere with no schedule to keep and nothing important happening, for once things seem to be going well Jack Reacher.  When he offers to help an old man at a random bus stop, Reacher suddenly finds himself in the thick of a whole new set of problems.  It seems to be true that no good deed goes unpunished, because between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs and a host of unsavory characters, Jack Reacher is once again the man in the middle.  Working to stay ahead of loan sharks and dodging thugs and assassins, Jack teams up with a waitress who may know more than she lets on to take down the ones making their dirty money from the sweat of the innocent.

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh.  Born to a fifth generation Kansas wheat farmer and one in a long line of teen mothers, Sarah grew up caught between cyclical poverty and changing economic policies that seemingly cemented her family among the working poor.  With her raising mostly covered by her grandmother on a farm thirty miles west of Wichita, Smarsh spent many years surrounded by people who worked endlessly to merely scape by financially.  In her memoir, Smarsh examines the corrosive effect of intergenerational poverty and the perception that people who earn less are thought to be less. 

Why We Quilt: Contemporary Makers Speak Out by Thomas Knauer.  Quilts are an art form all their own, and veteran award-winning quilter and teacher Thomas Knauer sets forth a wide range of quilt styles and testimonials.  From temperance quilts to the AIDS quilt, each project has a deep meaning and symbolism both to the viewer and the maker.  Quilting has a rich history populated by exceptional individuals, each with their own reason for taking up the craft and how they make it their own.  Weaving together bits of history with contemporary information, Knauer presents quilting as a rich and intricate art form with an engaging community. 

Looking to read along with a group but don’t want to go anywhere to do it?  The Today Show book club is reading The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.  Read with Jenna hosted by Jenna Bush Hager will be reading and posting about this book for October.

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